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Trying to lose weight but gaining - fat or muscle?

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2009/07/25 09:40:53 (permalink)
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Trying to lose weight but gaining - fat or muscle?

I decided to start a whole new fitness programme and diet to try and lose some excess fat before going on holiday in September.

Ive been doing my programme the last 4 weeks consisting of: -

Mon/Wed/Fri - 3 mile run
Tue/Thu/Sat - Gym - 8 different weights 10x3, ab work

My diet is: -

7.00 - 2 eggs,  1 slice wholemeal teast, bertoli spread, 100ml grapefruit juice or smoothie

10.00 - Choc whey shake (1 scoop) with low fat yogurt, 1 banana, 2 tbsp flaxseed, skimmed milk and 1 oatcake

12.30 - Wrap with 100g chicken, half a pepper, salad, relish or light mayo

15.00 - Same as 10.00

17.30 - 1 scoop whey with oatcake or 100g chicken breast

18.00 - Train

19.30 - 1 scoop whey

20.00 - Weights Days - Meal consisting of rice or potato with chicken or steak and veg 
            Running Days -  Chicken salad or same as above with lower carb portion

22.30 - 100g Cottage Cheese


These last 4 weeks are the healthiest i've ever eaten and most training i've ever done (haven't missed a session). 

After weighing myself i've had these results

Week 1 - Unknown
Week 2 - 75.8 kg
Week 3 - 76 kg
Week 4 - 76.4 kg

I'm 5'11 and 26 years old. My old weekly diet was similar but involved about 10 more pints, 2 bottles of wine and mainly junk food at weekends. Only exercise was doing weights about twice a week.

Despite this I seem to be getting heavier when I was hoping to lose bodyfat, is this likely to be gaining muscle or fat?

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    octatonic
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    Re:Trying to lose weight but gaining - fat or muscle? 2009/07/25 10:36:45 (permalink)
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    4 weeks in is still early days, mate.
    Your body is adjusting to this new regimen- don't be too concerned with the numbers right now.
    Just keep going on it.

    Training:
    You might try doing some HIIT rather than just a 3 mile run. Mix it up- rowing & cycling once a week as well.
    How is your form when lifting weights?
    How intense are your workouts?

    On the diet- it isn't too bad.
    I would have some more veg in there myself, also some oily fish.

    Regarding the 10am meal.

    The 2 tbsp of flaxseed is going to have around 250 calories in it.
    Assuming the whey has around 200 calories in it and the (oatcake 50, banana 100, yoghurt let's say 50, milk about the same).

    This means your 10am meal is going to be up around the 700 calorie mark.
    Is this intended?

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    Re:Trying to lose weight but gaining - fat or muscle? 2009/07/25 11:40:52 (permalink)
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    Also, how is your water intake?
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    Re:Trying to lose weight but gaining - fat or muscle? 2009/07/25 11:59:43 (permalink)
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    octatonic 


    4 weeks in is still early days, mate.
    Your body is adjusting to this new regimen- don't be too concerned with the numbers right now.
    Just keep going on it.

    Training:
    You might try doing some HIIT rather than just a 3 mile run. Mix it up- rowing & cycling once a week as well.
    How is your form when lifting weights?
    How intense are your workouts?

    On the diet- it isn't too bad.
    I would have some more veg in there myself, also some oily fish.

    Regarding the 10am meal.

    The 2 tbsp of flaxseed is going to have around 250 calories in it.
    Assuming the whey has around 200 calories in it and the (oatcake 50, banana 100, yoghurt let's say 50, milk about the same).

    This means your 10am meal is going to be up around the 700 calorie mark.
    Is this intended?


    hi, i drink about 6-7 pints of water a day, always thirsty!

    sorry i wasnt very clear about the 10am shake, the recipe i put was for both portions (should have said), so includes 2 scoops whey.  I never realised so many calories were in flaxseed, and the yogurt isnt really nescesary, especially as i sometimes have some after meals, so could cut these out. I could also have the banana as a whole rather then blending it, would save me using the blender. 

    im also starting weekly 5aside football tomorrow which could replace one of the 3 runs.

    I dont mind gaining weight if its muscle, my arms are looking slightly bigger and my stomach feels flatter too

    i think i'll just stick to it and judge on appearance rather than weight, surely doing what im doing now is better for me than before...

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